I was listening to the radio the other day, and the announcer interviewed a woman about Vitamin D. I found it fascinating because vitamin D isn’t something I think about every day. Like many people, I try to eat a balanced diet, one that contains all the vital elements of protein, carbohydrate and vitamins, so my ears perked up.
So, what is vitamin D?
It’s a vitamin the body manufactures when we’re out in the sunshine, and if we have a shortage, we can get rickets (crooked limbs and knock knees) or our bones can become brittle. There are also a few foods that contain vitamin D—oily fish like salmon, milk and milk products and eggs.
The woman was saying that because the sun cancer message is getting through, people in New Zealand and Australia aren’t going outside as much and therefore aren’t getting enough vitamin D. There is also a large portion of the population who spend most of their time indoors for work or by preference. Her solution was for legislation to make manufacturers add Vitamin D to certain food products. Evidently this has been successful in countries like Canada, which have long winter months with no sunshine.
On a personal note, I prefer to go with natural food without additives. I remember my home economics teacher telling us years ago to make sure our meals were colorful, with lots of different vegetables, and I’ve subscribed to that advice ever since.
So the moral of this story is that we all need to get outside in the sun for a daily walk, but we need to take care not to get sunburnt. It’s a delicate balancing act, but we need our Vitamin D for good health. I go outside every day. If I don’t I get cabin fever and become very grumpy. It’s obviously my body demanding vitamin D!
And on another topic completely, is anyone else experiencing problems with Facebook? People keep adding me to their groups, and no matter what I try, I keep getting messages from groups I haven’t accepted join requests from. I’m not a fan of Facebook anyhow, because they keep shifting the goal posts, but this is driving me nuts.
Do you go outside every day? Did you know about vitamin D? Does Facebook drive you to distraction?